Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – July 1st to 8th, 1960

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Click on photos to enlargeIt isn’t necessary for Midland children, or those visiting in the area, to go for swimming instruction and other playground activities. Midland Y’s Men’s Club has been providing these for many years at Little Lake. Above are Frank Whiteman, chairman of the club’s boys and girls committee, and Carolyn Taylor, playground director for this year’s program.

The last day of school was a proud one for pupils of Midland’s Sixth Street Public School. The boys and girls were awarded Elmer, The Safety Elephant, for having the least points scored against them during the latter part of the term. Sgt. Ernest Bates of Midland Police Department presented Elmer to Principal Ken Cowan, while Const. Arthur Ambeau looked on. The two officers and Mr. Cowan gave pupils a safety pep talk prior to the presentation. 

End of a long day (25 games) saw Elmer Hohl of Wellesley emerge the winner of the “A” class title in the Ontario Horseshoe Pitching Association championships in Midland Arena Gardens. Hohl (right) is seen receiving the Carling’s trophy from Ken Stonehouse of Midland Jaycees who sponsored the event. 

Landscaping has greatly improved the appearance of the new Greening Wire plant on Highway 12, at the south-east corner of Midland. Meanwhile, inside, the company continues the installation of machinery towards full production. 

June 25th saw the wind-up of another Little League baseball season in Midland, with playoffs at Parkview Field. Captains of the teams are seen above. Front row are International League captains, left to right. Bill Smith, Terry Dubeau, Doug Gagnon, Lloyd Graham; second row (National League) are Paul Denis, Bob Clayton, Jurgen Baumann, Bill Graham. At back are three of the men who helped out, H. Richards, F. Allsopp and Frank Graham. 

Hundreds of local school children and others from many parts of Ontario have already heralded another banner season for Midland’s Huronia Museum. Carolyn Brownlee, Cathy Moss and Heidi Koch help display three trays of Indian artifacts. 

Hundreds of local school children and others from many parts of Ontario have already heralded another banner season for Midland’s Huronia Museum. Keith Craig shows some of the copper, clay and iron articles used for trading purposes by the Indians who inhabited this area some three hundred years ago. 

Well known figure in Midland and Port McNicoll for many years, Greg Carroll (seated) was presented with a writing desk and chair as a reminder of his 44 years with the CPR, 22 of them at Port McNicoll. L. L. Saundercook, agent at Port, presided as employees made presentations to Mr. Carroll and Mrs. Carroll, who will live in Scarborough with their daughter Helen, a member of the Toronto Police Department. 

Garbed in heavy sweaters and jackets, these children are being signed in for swimming lessons by Betty Jean Watkinson, one of the instructors in Midland Y’s Men’s Club’s summer playground program at Little Lake. Because of the cold mornings, swimming classes are being held in the afternoons this year. More than 300 youngsters have signed up for the classes. 

“Well let’s go, what are we waiting for?” seems to be the big question on the mind of this pussy cat, which makes its home at Midland Flour and Feed store. Pussy lost her favorite sun seat when owner Clive Park unfeelingly sold the motor scooter a couple of days after this picture was taken. “Never even bothered to consult me,” wailed pussy. 

Looking forward to some hot and heavy action in the OBA peewee division this summer is the Midland team above. Left to right are; front row — Ernie Boast, Wayne Bonner, Mike Robitaille, Earl Scott, Dan Tannahill; back row — Murray Drinkle, Tom Fisher, Bob Clayton, Dave Reynolds, Ron Patrick, Peter Dubeau, Jim Dubeau, Arthur McComb. 

MSGR. J. M. Castex, assisted by Father J. Kelly blessed the boats of Penetang Boat Club Sunday afternoon, shortly before the flotilla took off on their first outing of the
season, which included a picnic supper on Beausoleil Island. 

Midland Free Press headline of July 6th, 1960.

 People, motor cars and motor boats invaded North Simcoe towns, villages, resorts, roads and waters in almost unprecedented numbers over the Dominion Day holiday weekend this year. Because of the late closing of the public schools in Ontario this term, many visitors were unable to get to their cottages until late Thursday or Friday. As a result, Saturday saw one of the heaviest crowds ever on Midland’s King Street as cottagers stocked up for the Midland was by no means the only place that was crowded. At least one Midland couple who planned to set up their tent on Beausoleil Island over the holiday, spent Thursday night instead in their boat. Every camp site on the island, a national park, was filled. “People were staying off shore in their boats waiting for some other camper to pack up and leave. It was just like trying to find an empty parking space for cars in town,” OPP Const. Bill Mohan told this paper. Const. Mohan classed water traffic throughout the Honey Harbour and Georgian Bay areas as “very heavy.” It was just as bad on land. “Motor traffic was the heaviest we’ve ever had in this area,” said Sgt. Blake Ball of the OPP detachment at Victoria Harbour. Heaviest traffic was on Highway 103, scene of a fatal accident which cost the lives of three people, the officer said. 

County Herald headline of July 8, 1960.

Tiny Township council, in special session Wednesday night, reversed a decision made last month on the location of a development road project for the Champlain Road. Following considerable discussion, council moved to approve completion of plans for a new right-of-way from Patenaude’s Corner (15th Concession) to an intersection with the 17th Concession. Last month approval had been given to a plan which, essentially would, follow the existing Champlain Road, with one or two new sections to eliminate extremely sharp curves. After thorough investigation, some members of council reached a conclusion that the first new section which would have bypassed a 102-degree curve at the 15th Concession, would not be satisfactory. Proposal had been to construct this new section west of the present road, joining it in between a house and service station. After examining the terrain, it appeared to council members that space between the house and service station is insufficient for construction of an adequate road. Councilors also expressed a conviction that some of the land necessary for the bypass section would have been difficult to obtain. During the discussion, it became evident that all members felt the new route would be required within the next five years in any event. 

    Each year for the past decade over 10,000 tourists have visited Midland’s Huronia Museum. During the last two weeks of June, Midland Y’s Men’s Huron Indian village officials conducted more than 100 tours for school children. H. Gimblett of Rothsay, Ontario, showed the young school children of his home town that the Huron medicine hut was the first drug store. A large percentage of modem medicines are derived from early Indian herb cures, Mr. Gimblett claimed and he described the Indian cures of shepherd’s purse and yarrow for kidney trouble; stewed Jensen and Burdock root for stomach ailments; slippery elm bark for infection; stewed yarrow for running sores and balsam herb remedies. 

    Despite a continuing decline in sales and production of men’s footwear throughout Canada, Midland Footwear employees are back on a five-day week until the plant close-down for holidays July 22. The Midland factory, employing some 175 people, had been on a, four-day week for nearly two months. “Although we still have only three weeks’ production ahead of us in our stitchdown division as compared with eight full weeks this time last year, most of the shoes are wanted for August” Jerry Zabransky explained. “The Canadian Shoe and Leather Council reports that sales of men’s shoes, our major product, are down between 10 and 20 per cent, below 1959.” Sales of the Midland factory in May were down one-third from last year. “We hope to see this trend reversed later this year,” Mr. Zabransky  continued, “but so far the outlook is not too bright.” Fern Shoe factory output in Penetang continues steady but with none of the overtime of 1958.  

Midland Public School teachers advised music festival chairman J. W. Smith that, by a vote of 23 to 5, they were in favor of a non-competitive festival. * * * Sunday sport was approved at Wasaga Beach by a vote of 121 to 20. Only 25 per cent of the eligible voters cast their ballots. * * * University of Western Ontario President Dr. E. G. Hall predicted that the university’s summer school of archaeology would have its locale in this area for some years to come. Dr. Hall was speaking at the official launching of the school at Fort Ste. Marie. * * * A cottage building boom had started all up and down the length and breadth of the North Simcoe peninsula and “Up the Shore”. * * * Rev. A. G. Reynolds accepted a call to the United Church at Elmvale. * * * Penetang council accepted an offer by the Bank of Toronto to purchase $24,000 in debentures to cover the cost of the new water well at the west end of Robert Street. * * * A concentrated search was underway for Melville Wilkie and George Herman Woodcox who had escaped from the Ontario Hospital, Penetang. Both men had been admitted to the institution after being adjudged insane on charges of murder. It was Wilkie’s fifth escape. * * * Canadian warship HMCS “Portage” docked at Midland and held “open house”. * * * Hon. Ray Lawson, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, was a surprise passenger aboard the M.S. Midland City when it arrived at Penetang from Parry Sound. He had been visiting up the shore.  

    Midland Public Utilities Commission has informed Tay Township council it will not guarantee water to persons obtaining building permits in the King Street south area. This was disclosed at a meeting of the township council July 5, when a letter from the PUC was read asking that no building permits be issued on the King Street South area with the understanding that the holders of the permits would be granted water as the PUC did not wish to serve any more customers in the area at this time. 

    “It should be a most interesting year, perhaps a little lonely but a wonderful experience to always remember.” These were the words of Donald C. Attridge, son of Dr. and Mrs. W. L. Attridge, Midland, who is taking a year’s leave of absence from the teaching staff of Orangeville District High School to teach 75 Canadian students who are going with him for a year’s study in Switzerland. Following a summer extension course in mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, London, Mr. Attridge will leave Montreal Sept. 2 for Europe. He will be accompanied by the students and three other teachers. 

    Fire believed to have been caused either accidentally or deliberately by young persons totally destroyed the red horse shed back of the baseball field in Midland Town Park early Thursday morning. Owned by the Tiny and Tay Agricultural Society, the building was insured for $1,000, according to Jack Blackburne, fair secretary “It would take at least twice that much to replace it,” said Mr. Blackburne, who told this paper no decision had been made in this regard as yet.  Work will start at once, however, to tear down the charred remains of the building, used to stable horses during the fall fairs. 

    Dear Editor:The 87-ton wooden tug “Audrey C”, official No. 122411, was built in 1907 at Midland by David Dobson for Manley Chew, lumber merchant, and was christened in honor of Audrey Chew, his only daughter. The tug was owned successively by the French River Boom Co. Ltd., of Toronto and Marius Dufresne and Dufresne Construction Co. Ltd., Montreal, Que. Her registry was closed in 1948, after she was dismantled and her hull sunk near Sorel, Que. Her length was 71 feet eight inches, beam 16 feet and depth eight feet one inch. W. R. Williams. 

    “The support of the parents and students was wonderful,” stated Midland-Penetang District High School” Principal R. C. Gauthier following the graduation exercises last Wednesday night. Estimating that 1,100 people attended the function, Mr. Gauthier stated that previously 300 parents had been a maximum, while this year more than 775 had attended. Mr. Gauthier also had praise for the students. Of the 352 who were to receive honor pins or certificates, only 37 were absent and of these 30 advised the principal that they would be unavoidably absent. 

    University of Western Ontario’s Summer School of Indian Archaeology opened in Penetang Monday morning, with 22 students registered for the 1960 class. The class was officially welcomed by Mayor Jerome Gignac and Chamber President George Kerr during the first morning session, which mainly consisted of familiarization talks by Dr. Wilfrid Jury, and his wife Elsie. All members of the class were present Monday evening when the chamber of commerce gave them a “welcoming banquet” at the Hotel Commodore. Local merchants were also present at the dinner designed to help the two groups to become better acquainted. Field work this year will again be conducted at the Forget site, southeast of Wyebridge. Dr. Jury has issued a special invitation to interested citizens to visit the site during the next two weeks. 

    Another banner season of summer programming under the sponsorship of Midland Y’s Men’s Club got under way at Little Lake Park this week, with 320 boys and girls registered as of yesterday noon. While a majority of the 320 children are from Midland, many others are enrolled from neighboring villages and from the tourist camp in Little Lake Park. So far frigid temperatures have marred the program’s most popular item — swimming. This is as disappointing to the parents, anxious that their youngsters learn to swim, as it is to the boys and girls themselves. “This morning” said playground director Carolyn Taylor, “we had to give the children instruction on dry land. It was too cold for us, too, as well as the children,” the young Owen Sound girl admitted. An Instructor at the Y’s Camp Kitchikewana for several seasons, Miss Taylor is receiving help from Lois Ramsey in the swimming end of the program. Other leaders include: Paul Howard, senior boys, Junia Corcoran, senior girls, Betty Jean Watkinson, junior boys and girls, Mary Lou Graham, crafts. 

        Dominion Day 1960 marked another step forward in the progress of Canada’s Indians. On July 1 all Indians aged 21 and over gained the right to vote in federal elections. Earlier this session, parliament approved amendments to the Indian Act and the Canada Elections Act to permit the inclusion of Indian people on federal voters’ lists. The governor-general proclaimed this legislation into effect on Dominion Day. Indians will lose none of their rights or privileges by voting in federal elections. Prime Minister Diefenbaker and Superintendent General of Indian Affairs Ellen Fairclough have stated. Previously about 20,000 Indians had been eligible to cast federal ballots. These were veterans and their wives. Indians living off reserves and people  in the Yukon and North West Territories. On Dominion Day nearly 60,000 more became eligible. Indians living in British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan also have the right to vote in provincial elections. 

    WAUBAUSHENE — Ideal weather brought crowds of tourists, summer cottagers and visitors to Waubaushene for the Dominion Day weekend when the chamber of commerce staged its annual field and sports day. On Friday, afternoon, races, bingo and other games and sports were held at the Town Park. This was followed by a supper in the Legion Hall which was catered for by the Legion Ladies Auxillary. Mrs. Hazel Blanchard was convener. The dance in the evening was well attended and music was provided by “Tony Moreau’s Boys.” Saturday afternoon a bake sale and tea was held on the lawn of Mr. and Mrs. David Norton. Bingo was played in the Legion Hall in the evening.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – June 23rd to 30th, 1960

The photos found in this blog post are the property of Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario. Any reproduction for commercial use without permission is prohibited.  Any other distribution must credit Huronia Museum.  Please contact the museum with any questions you may have.  

Click on photos to enlargeTermed a “stamp collector’s dream” is this collection of more than 400 commemorative stamps issued by the Red Chinese government from 1949-59. It’s on loan to Midland’s Huronia Museum by Frank Ridley, well-known Toronto contractor and amateur archaeologist. Fred Hacker points out some of the more valuable specimens to Carolyne Brownlee as the Parkview School students visited the museum recently. 

More than $200 damage was caused to this truck, owned by James Anderson, Midland, when it backed too close to the edge of the town dump shortly after noon Friday. The smouldering dump fire blew out and completely destroyed the left rear dual tires. The electrical wiring was also damaged. Midland firemen were called to the scene and it took two tow trucks to pull the vehicle back up on to solid ground. 

Boys and boats go pretty well together on land or water. Bill Argue and Keith Craig cast critical eyes on two canoes on display at Huronia Museum Midland, now in the midst of another busy season. 

These lads formed the winning batteries in the finals of Midland’s Little League Baseball League Saturday. From the International League, front row, were, left to right, Raymond Dorion, Bill Smith, Doug Gagnon, Ron Henderson, National League, second row, were Bruce Cossar, Art McComb, Richard Duval and Bob Clayton. Helpers at back are Len Self, league director, Fred Scott and Frank Graham.

For a change, the weatherman provided perfect weather for the 96 golfers who took part in the Simcoe County invitation match in Midland Sunday. Players check their starting times with Don Argue and Ted Brodeur (at board). 

“Playtime is Here Again”, Photo from the editorial page. 

Anne Piette of Penetang who graduated from St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing recently. Anne attended public school in Penetang and Midland Penetanguishene District High School. She received an award for efficiency and bedside nursing. 

Keith Smith son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Smith, Midland, who has been appointed secretary of Midland YMCA. 

Rapidly nearing completion, this new addition to St. Mary’s Separate School provides four badly needed new classrooms to house some of the 250 children, school secretary F. S. Johnstone expects to be in attendance in September. Cost of the addition is estimated at about $80,000. 

Not unlike the ruins of some old English castle or abbey, these old stone walls are all that’s left of the old mill at Tannerville. The area which once resounded to the daylong whine of the saw mill, now is one of the better summer cottage sub-divisions in this area. The happy shouts of children bathing in Georgian Bay have replaced the song of the saws. 

This cottage on Yonge Street West, serving as an information bureau for the Midland Chamber of Commerce, has stolen the spotlight from the PUC’s Scott Street substation as the most controversial building in town at the moment. Some doubt exists whether the building can be relocated in time to serve this year’s influx of tourists.   

From Midland to Hudson’s Bay and back to Midland again, that’s been the experience of Bob Scott, youthful proprietor of Scott’s Sport Shop, which opened on King Street recently.  Son of Mrs. Scott and the late Harold Scott, Bob attended Regent and Central Public Schools and Midland High School before going to work for the Bell Telephone Company. He spent four years with the Bell, three in Toronto on installation work and one at Hudson’s Bay, on a defence contract. Always Interested in sports, as are his brothers Don and Charlie, Bob played OMHA and junior hockey in Midland. He also has been an ardent skier and this winter won the senior title at Midland Ski Club. This is some of the background that made the young Midlander decide to open a sporting goods store in the Ingram Block. [Then on the town dock] 

It was a big day for the ladies, as well their councillor husbands, when the new Simcoe County building was officially opened by Premier Leslie Frost in Barrie Thursday. Among the women in attendance from this area were, left to right, Mrs. H. J. Beauchamp and Mrs. William Orr, wives of Midland’s reeve and deputy-reeve, respectively; Mrs. Ray Atkinson, whose husband is Tay Township’s deputy-reeve; and Mrs. Montcalm Maurice, whose husband, reeve of Tiny Township, has been a member of county council for 15 years. 

We included this one because of the mosquito, that time of year again!


Survey Points Way to Better Education
County Herald headline of June 24, 1960.
A group of executives of local industries have recently completed a study of educational opportunities and standards in this district. The voluntary survey also explored ways and means of improving these opportunities and standards. In a three-page brief, the group has set out an eight-point program of its findings and recommendations which it feels will improve educational facilities in the North Simcoe district. Among the recommendations made are vocational courses for students not suited to an academic curriculum in the high school; a stiffer attitude to be adopted toward apathetic students and parents; and increased emphasis in the high school curriculum on localized civics, history and geography. 

Forecast Boom in 1960 for Resorts in District
Free Press Herald headline of June 29, 1960.
A survey made by this newspaper yesterday indicates that another bumper year for summer visitors is in the offing for the district in 1960, commencing with the Dominion Day holiday weekend. The only factor that could upset the apple cart of the tourist boom, it appears, would be a prolonged period of inclement weather. Walter Woods, chairman of Midland Chamber of Commerce tourist committee, said there had been an unprecedented number of inquiries for all types of tourist accommodation in the area.  Many of these inquiries have come in the last six weeks, he said.  Apparently, owners of cottages at the beaches in the district have experienced no trouble in renting their accommodation. ln some instances the demand has been greater than the supply, it was stated. It seems most of them will be filled almost from the opening gun July 1, until the latter part of the season. 

        Two members of the staff of St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, were given promotions when the hospital’s board held its June meeting Tuesday night. Alex Craig, business manager of the hospital for several years, has been appointed administrator. Mrs. Jean Sutton, named director of nursing, has held that position on an “acting” basis for several months. Mrs. Sutton was asked to take immediate steps to appoint an assistant nursing director so she can take “a well-earned holiday.” She was told that her appointment by the board was at the full concurrence of the medical staff. In his monthly report, Mr. Craig said that the opening of the second floor of the Playfair Wing in January has increased the hospital’s patient days by more than 20 per cent over the budget estimate. This, he said affects the hospital’s per diem rate as set by the Ontario Hospital Services Commission for 1960 and means a completely revised budget will have to be submitted. 

    Recommendations that union and management join in a crackdown on employee absenteeism, and that management act more quickly to fire unsuitable employees, are highlights of an arbitration committee report dealing with union grievances at Midland Plastics. The report was unanimous, with both union and management nominees agreeing on all issues without the necessity of appointing a neutral chairman. Of the grievances submitted by the union, all but one was dismissed as unfounded and the other was amicably settled by the company and union representatives. 

    As Dominion Day, July 1, a statutory holiday, occurs next Friday, publication day of the County Herald, only the Free Press Herald and the Georgian Tourist will be published next week. The Free Press will be distributed to book stores and carrier boys (they did have girls as well) Wednesday. Regular publication schedules of the Free Press Herald and the County Herald will be resumed week of July 4. (This notice appeared before all statutory holidays that fell on a publication day.) 

    As store clerks are the most likely persons to leave first and lasting impressions on visitors to a town Penetang Chamber of Commerce has secured the services of a top-notch speaker on the tourist industry to give them a pep-talk next week. Under direction of George Bryant, chairman, the merchant’s committee has arranged to have John Fisher, familiarly known as “Mr. Canada”, speak in Penetang Wednesday afternoon, June 29. Arrangements have been made to hold the meeting at Fort Penetanguishene Museum. A conducted tour of the museum is planned. The talk is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.  

    For the second time in a year, this newspaper contains a full color insert, advertising a nationally-known product. Today’s insert features Certo, and contains recipes for using the product in modern jam and jelly making processes. The full color insert is a new field of advertising being pioneered in Canada by Class A. Weekly Newspapers, of which this newspaper is a member. 

    The United Church Simcoe Presbytery Camp (Simpresca) at Midland Point has embarked upon another busy season. Last week, June 17-18, a camp leadership training course was held for counsellors and leaders of the six camps being planned this summer. Forty counsellors and leaders were in attendance and the course included training in leadership planning, games, crafts, Bible study and resources. The staff of Simcoe County Recreation Services co-operated in conducting the training sessions. Those attending from Midland were, Karen Wilcox, David Walker, and Rev. Wilson Morden. Mr. Morden will be director of the junior boys camp, July 13-20; Karen Wilcox will be a counsellor for one of the CGIT camps; and David Walker will be a counsellor at the junior boy’s camp. Approximately 300 campers are expected this year.  

    For the first time in the history of this district, a high school graduation will be held in June instead of October. This was revealed by Midland-Penetang District High School Principal R. C. Gauthier Wednesday afternoon, when he was commenting on the MPDHS graduation June 29 at the school. A total of $1,195 in scholarships and honor pins has been donated by industries, merchants, service clubs, individuals and the staff and Students Council at MPDHS, Mr. Gauthier stated. Explaining why the date had been changed from October to June, Mr. Gauthier said, by October a number of  the graduates have left the district and therefore the attendance is poor so we have changed it to June when most of the graduates are still here. We hope it will be more successful because of the increased interest of students and parents.” The principal had praise for his staff when he added, “It is much more work to have it in June because, as well as marking examination papers the staff has the added job of attending meetings to plan graduation. We hope it will be successful and worth the additional trouble.” Mr. Gauthier said he expects that approximately 300 students will “pass across the graduation stage” during the evening. 

   A Midland-owned horse figured in one of the most controversial finishes of a race at Connaught Track, Aylmer, last Saturday. The horse, Bomarwln, owned by George and Alex Ingram and driven by Bill Pyke, and the horse Robert Van, owned by Harold Berry and driven by Don Corbett, ended the sixth race in what judges termed a “dead heat”. A picture of the photo finish of this invitation trot of one mile for a purse of $600, which the Ingrams have in their possession, would seem to indicate the Midland horse won by the tip of his nose. 

ADA — To Mr. and Mrs. George Ada, 360 Russell St., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Friday, June 17, 1960, a daughter.
COUSINEAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Cousineau, Honey Harbour, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Saturday, June 18, 1960, a son.
HANMER — To Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Hanmer, 209 Elizabeth St., Midland, at St, Andrews Hospital, Thursday, June 23, 1960, a daughter.
MOLLOY — To Mr. and Mrs. Eric Molloy, 149 Hugel Ave., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Tuesday, June 21, 1960, a daughter.
SMITH To Mr. and Mrs. Bennet Smith, Christian Island, at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, Friday, June 17, 1960, a daughter.
JIVCOFF — To Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Jivcoff, 96 Peel St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, June 17, 1960, a son.
StAMANT — To Mr. and Mrs. Leo St. Amant, 29 Fox St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital; Saturday, June 18, a daughter.
MOREAU — To Mr. and Mrs. Doriste Moreau, 60 Harriett St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, June 18, 1960, a son.
STEELE — To Mr. and Mrs. Jack Steele, Elmvale, at Penetanguishene
General Hospital, Saturday, June 18, 1960, a son.
CLARKE — To Mr. and Mrs. Russell Clarke, 94 Hanley St., Midland, at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Tuesday, June 28, 1960, a daughter.
DESJARDINE — To Mr. and Mrs. Alex Desjardine, 210 Midland Ave., Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, June 27, 1960, a son.
YORK — To Mr. and Mrs. Charles York, Penetang Road, Midland, at St, Andrews Hospital, Thursday, June 23, a son.
MclNTOSH — Mr. and Mrs. Les McIntosh (nee Betty Spring) are happy to announce the birth of their son, Brian William, on June 26, 1960, at
Toronto Western Hospital. A brother for Ralph Bruce.
StAMANT — To Mr. and Mrs. Ossie St. Amant, Robert St. W., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Wednesday, June 15, 1960, a daughter.
    SIMCOE – ONTARIO CANAL Dear Editor: The proposal to construct a canal to join Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario was made about sixty years ago by Sir William Mulock when he was federal member for North York. Furthermore, he had a bill passed that authorized its construction. Construction was actually carried on. The concrete entrance piers were completed at Holland Landing and are seen by every passing driver. A long concrete lock was completed right in Newmarket, one block east of the main street, where it may still be seen today. From Newmarket the canal route followed the Humber River until it joined Lake Ontario. To build a seaway Canal by this route would be much shorter and less expensive than to build it along the Trent Waterway to the Bay of Quinte. Vessels could unload their European package freight at Toronto and steam straight ahead to the lakehead for a grain cargo, instead of being required to double back to the Bay of Quinte. W. R. Williams 

    (From the “Other Papers Say” in the editorial section comes this report from the Detroit Free Press. Not local news but interesting!)     Plans for a startling hospital of the future — in which patients would be kept under anesthetic for their entire stay, and watched over by electronic equipment — were presented at a preview in the International College of Surgeons Hall of Fame, in Chicago. The plans, with models and drawings of other conceptions of modern hospitals, were on public display in the Hall of Fame June 8 in observance of National Hospital month. The strange hospital of the future is the work of E. Todd Wheeler, of Wilmette, an architect who has designed or served as architectural consultant in planning 70 hospitals throughout the United States. Wheeler envisions an institution in which patients rooms, as they exist now, will disappear. Instead, each patient would be anaesthetized for his entire stay, and except when undergoing treatment, would occupy a wheel chair equipped with pneumatic pads on the seat, back, arms, and foot rests which would move rhythmically to stimulate the body. In his chair, the patient would occupy an air conditioned chamber 3 feet wide 4 feet deep, and 5 feet high — or 60 cubic feet instead of the 1,200 cubic feet of today’s average hospital room. Attached to his body would be electrical devices to measure pulse, respiration, evaporation, skin color, brain waves, heart activity, and other bodily functions. Instead of making “rounds” physicians would check on their patients by watching control panels. Feeding would be done intravenously or by stomach tube. “The patient enters the hospital sick, goes to sleep, and wakes up well,” said Wheeler. “No bother, no worry, no food complaints, no noise, no glare, no odors, no incompatible roommates no visitors, complete privacy, and complete concentration on getting well.” Other models and plans on display feature an underground hospital supposedly safe from nuclear fallout and a drive-in hospital with a circular automobile ramp spiraling up its sides so visitors could call on patients without leaving their cars. 

    Midland Arena Gardens will be the horseshoe pitching capital of the world Saturday — well, of Canada, at least, when, the Gardens will be the site of the Ontario championships. “It should be the best Canadian tournament yet,” said Wray Faint, one of Midland’s most, enthusiastic and most successful, horseshoe pitchers. Wray maintains the event should be even better than a Canadian championship “because the best pitchers in Canada are from Ontario. There will be lots of local interest too, with the four-man team Canadian champs of 1958 hailing right from North Simcoe. Faint, one member of the team, defeated the Canadian champ at a local sportsmen’s show held at Arena Gardens a year ago. Also from Midland is Logan Cruise, who placed seventh among Canadians at the CNE tournament last fall. 

    Alfred G. Tuttle, former head of the Ground Observer Corps in Midland, last week set out a proposal to establish a small factory in the town which would employ physically handicapped persons in the town. Mr. Tuttle submitted his proposal to Midland council and requested council’s co-operation in the move. He explained that a similar plant has been established in Toronto and employs 30 persons. He said the proposed Midland factory would employ three at the start. Mr. Tuttle said there were many types of work which physically handicapped could do effectively and they could earn a steady income while doing it. He submitted work could even be subcontracted from larger Industries. 

    Bright, sunny weather contributed considerably to the color of the annual Corpus Christi procession in St. Ann’s Parish, Penetang, Sunday, when an estimated 1,500 persons took part in the ceremonies. The procession formed up at St. Ann’s Memorial Church at 1.30 p.m. with the processional cross, carried by Ronald Condren and two scarlet vested acolytes. Rover Brunelle and Francis St. Amant, in the lead. As the parade made its way through the town’s streets, the papal flag and the Canadian ensign followed closely behind the cross. Girl Guides and Brownies from St. Ann’s were immediately next in the line-up. Most of the children of the parish who had received their first holy communion a short while ago were in attendance, dressed in white veils and uniforms. School children were also included in the parade, accompanied by their teachers, both secular and religious. The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin was out in full force with their blue and white banner, adding to the color of the ceremony. Another banner-carrying group was the Ladies of St. Ann. Boy Scouts and Wolf Cubs took part, and a large number of men marched under the Holy Name Society’s banner. They were joined by other men of the parish. Women parishioners joined forces with the ladies of the Catholic Women’s League. Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Sisters of the Holy Cross and Grey Sisters of the Holy Cross and Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception were well represented by members of their orders.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – June 16th to 22nd, 1960

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Click on photos to enlarge An unscheduled 30-mile portage from Midland to Orillia doesn’t appear to have upset Commodore and Mrs. Robert Emerson and family too much as they wait for their boat to be lifted out of the water at the Midland town dock. Delay in opening the marine railway at Swift Rapids caused a detour for the family enroute from Travers City, Mich., to Washington, D. C. Comm. Emerson is a member of the U. S. Coast Guard. 

These four members of Simcoe County council had good reason to smile as they met for the first time Monday in the lobby of the new county building in Barrie. Left to right are Deputy-reeve Eldege Quesnelle, Tiny, Deputy-reeve Ray Atkinson, Tay, and Reeve H. J. Beauchamp and Deputy-reeve William Orr of Midland. It was the first appearance in county council for Mr. Orr, named to succeed the late Clinton Smith. 

Ontario Premier Leslie Frost will be in Barrie tomorrow to officially open Simcoe’s new $300,000 county building, front of which is seen above. Modem building makes great contrast to old court house and council chamber, which had served the county from 1878.  First county building and gaol, erected in 1842, cost 4,000 pounds ($16.000). 

Meeting in the new county building for the first time this week, Simcoe County Councillors also had to get acquainted with four new members, replacing three who have died since the January session and another resigned. One of the new members, and the second woman to sit in council this year, is Mrs. Isabel Post, deputy-reeve of Orillia, who succeeds the late William Greer. Showing her to her seat in the new chamber are Reeve Albert Deconkey of Matchedash, left, and Reeve Montcalm Maurice of Tiny. 

Beautiful lobby of Simcoe County’s fine new administration building formed the setting for many pictures at the official opening in Barrie Thursday. Reeve Albert Calvert of Port McNicoll had as his guests Mrs. Calvert (left) and Mrs. J. D. McPhee. Several hundred persons were present for the opening of the $300,000 building.

Christian Island Reserve Band (now Beausoliel First Nation) has a new chief and council. Elected by secret ballot Monday for a two-year term were Lewis Jackson, 43, the new chief and Clarence Assance, Gerald Monague, Abraham King and Leo Norton, councillors. A native of Christian Island, who has lived there all his life, the soft-spoken Chief Jackson is not new to the job for in 1940 he was elected to that post to complete the six months left in the term of Chief Roy Assance, who died in office. “My job is to oversee the affairs of the 400-to 500 Ojibway Indians on the reserve and to make recommendations to the government representative, F. W. Purser,” explained Chief Jackson. We have voted in two provincial elections now and our war veterans have voted in federal elections. We hope to have the vote for all our adult people in the next federal election,” continued the chief. “The governments have taken much more interest in our affairs since we got the vote.”

Brave lad is Richard Bell, who does his catching for Cincinnati Reds in Midland’s Little Baseball League minus mask, chest protector, shin guards or other impediments.  Taking healthy swing at ball, and missing, is Dodgers’ Bob Smith. Play-offs are now underway throughout the league. 

Even before the battle, these four members of Midland Huronias’ soccer team were in pretty bad physical shape for their game against Barrie lOOF Saturday. Left to right are Willi Schwarz (sprained ankle), Wally Meisinger (broken hand), Chris Deninger and Zeigfried Zingle, both of whom suffered broken legs in an automobile accident recently. Only Meisinger got into Saturday’s game and he scored two of his team’s four goals. 

This photo of a businessmen’s banquet was taken in the Georgian Bay Hotel at Penetang, more than 70 years ago, according to Mrs. A. Beauchamp. Penetang residents may be able to identify a considerable number of the bearded and mustachioed gentry, many of who were leading men in the town. 

The course, which is provided by the community programs branch of the Ontario Department of Education, was taught by Mrs. J. W. Smith during the past winter season. “They all did very well,” commented Mrs. Smith. “Their marks were between 88 and 94 per cent.” Some 20 friends of the “students” gathered In the “Y” Thursday night to offer their congratulations. 

Hospitals Seek New Aid – Want Grant Plan Revised
June 15, 1960, Free Press Herald headline.
Simcoe County council is being asked to align its program of grants to hospitals within the county to include the many services rendered by the hospitals, rather than base these grants on the mere number of beds. This was disclosed in a joint, brief submitted on behalf of five hospitals within the county by Glen Phelps, chairman of the Soldiers Memorial Hospital Board in Orillia. Also backing the plan were St. Andrews, Midland; General and Marine, Collingwood; Penetang General Hospital, and Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston. Although Mr. Phelps gave the main address, representatives of each of the other hospitals also spoke briefly. Included were Mayor Jerome Gignac for Penetang General, and Alex Craig for St. Andrews. 

Assessments Up For 12 – Hikes Top Million Mark
June 17, 1960, County Herald headline.
Combined increases in the county equalized assessment of 12 North Simcoe municipalities this year amounts to more than one million dollars. The schedule of equalization was tabled at county council in Barrie this week. The assessment figures determine the amount of taxes the municipalities will contribute towards the county levy in 1961. Midland’s equaled assessment for county purposes is listed at $9,331,416, an increase of $341,764 over the 1959 figure. Local taxable assessment on which the county assessment for Midland is based is $7,697,130. Penetang’s equalized assessment is $2,882,305. an increase of $20,303 over last year. Local taxable assessment is given as $2,637,005. 

Special Session to Study Hospital Grant Plan
June 22, 1960, Free Press Herald headline.
In an effort to speed up hospital expansion in the county, Simcoe County council will convene for a one day special session, probably in August. This was decided following a morning long discussion on hospital financing, and the hearing of hospital representatives Monday. At the conclusion, council passed a motion that its finance committee secure all necessary information and call a meeting “at the earliest possible time”. 

        Traffic lights for the intersection of Main and Robert Streets, Penetang, which have been discussed for several years, came a step closer Monday night. Council invited an engineer of the Department of Transport to inspect the scene and make recommendations. A letter from the department indicated this service is available to municipalities without cost. The letter also suggested the department would be happy to have lights there, and asked for a detailed plan of the installation. 

    Penetang council, Monday night, took the first step toward removing one of the industrial fixed assessments from the town’s tax rolls. A resolution, which passed unanimously, ordered the town clerk to prepare a bylaw, revoking the fixed assessment granted to the Breithaupt Leather Company several years ago. Discussion of the resolution indicated there were more reasons for revoking the fixed assessment other than the fact the company had not lived up to promises of plant operation and employment made at the time the electorate approved the move in a plebiscite. 

25 Years Ago This Week
Rev. L. Duce, minister of Calvary Baptist Church, Midland, was elected president of the Baptist Young People’s Union for Ontario and Quebec. * * * Hon. Dr. J. A. Faulkner, Ontario minister of health, was the principal speaker at the graduation exercises of St. Andrews  Hospital School of Nursing. * * * The first federal government floating docks for the use of small boats in Midland harbor were nearing completion. The 50-foot wooden sections were chained together and to the concrete dock. * * * W. J. Taylor, deputy-minister of the  Ontario Game and Fisheries Department, stated that 31,870,000 whitefish and pickerel fry had been distributed to stock certain waters in Simcoe County during the spring. Speckled trout and black bass fry were to be distributed during the summer, the deputy minister said. * * * Fire caused $500 damage to Midland’s Manley Street Public School and the same day pupils of Regent Public School received quite a scare when their school was hit by lightning, which caused $100 damage. * * * Rev. Bernard Belanger, newly-ordained priest, celebrated his first solemn high mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Port McNicoll. * * * The Midland Free Press, having been acquired by J. H. Cranston and his son Bill, effective June 1, in the June 13 issue noted, words of “welcome” from many weekly newspapers including The Picton Times, The Canadian Statesman, The Barrie Examiner, The Simcoe Reformer, The Alliston Herald, The St. Marys Journal-Argus, The Coldwater News, and The Fergus News-Record. 

    “Don’t forget — it’s self-selection, not just self-service,” said W. W. “Web” Struthers, speaking of renovations carried out recently at his King Street, Midland, drug store. Airiness is one of the first  impressions the customer gets as he enters the remodelled store. There are two centre islands, but the bulk of the stock is displayed on new steel shelving at the sides of the store. “There’s room to push a couple of baby carriages down these aisles said the proud owner. Installed by the E. J. Wright Company of Strathroy, the new fixtures are dusty rose and aqua blue in color, against light blue walls. New, highly-efficient lighting has also been installed, along with a number of spotlights for window use. The store also boasts another additional 360-square feet of floor space by the simple process of moving dispensary back 15 feet. All the merchandise carried by Mr. Struthers is clearly marked as to sections, making it easy for the customer.  Although he hated to do it at the time (“It was helping to pay the rent for me”), one of the first things Mr. Struthers did when he took over the store was to get rid of the lunch counter. “Web” had had many painful experiences managing drug stores with lunch counters and restaurants prior to coming to Midland. 

        The old Bruce copper mine on Lake Huron’s north shore was opened in 1846. The company housed and fed the hard rock miners, many of whom had been brought from England. In September, 1848, the 297-ton single-screw, single-masted wooden freighter Goliath valued at $18,000, left Detroit for Bruce Mines with a $13,000 cargo consisting of provisions and mining supplies. She had on board 200 kegs of blasting powder, 20,000 bricks, 30,000 feet of lumber, 40 tons of hay and 2,000 barrels of provisions. After the Goliath had reached Lake Huron and steamed to a position several miles west of Kincardine, she was overtaken by a gale from the west. To make matters worse, she caught fire, and the flames got out of control. When the fire reached the blasting powder, the wooden Goliath exploded. Her superstructure was blown to bits, and her burning hull drifted landward, driven by the gale. All of her eighteen  crewmembers were killed or drowned. There were no passengers. The remains of the eighteen corpses were ever found. The charred hull of the Goliath was driven ashore at Pine Point (Clark Point) ten miles south of Kincardine. Most of the information used in the preparation of this article was obtained from Norman Robertson’s History of the County of Bruce (page 29) and also from the Poole Collection. by W. R. WILLIAMS 

    WAUBAUSHENE — Although she probably not realize it, Gina Lollabrigida and her party caused quite a flurry of excitement when they stopped for lunch at the Bridge Grille Sunday evening. Gina, her husband and son, brother-in-law and sister-in-law were returning home from the Honey Harbour area with friends who own an Island in that district. Those who served the group in the grille and others present were impressed by the famed film star’s charm and “spontaneous friendliness’.